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Expert insight on health, performance, longevity, critical thinking, and pursuing excellence. Dr. Peter Attia (Stanford/Hopkins/NIH-trained MD) talks with leaders in their fields.

The Peter Attia Drive Peter Attia, MD

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Expert insight on health, performance, longevity, critical thinking, and pursuing excellence. Dr. Peter Attia (Stanford/Hopkins/NIH-trained MD) talks with leaders in their fields.

    #90 - Ryan Holiday: Stillness, stoicism, and suffering less

    #90 - Ryan Holiday: Stillness, stoicism, and suffering less

    In this episode, Ryan Holiday, author of Stillness is the Key, shares the profound impact that stoic philosophy has had on his personal life and his career as a successful writer. Ryan stresses the importance of stillness in a modern world set up to encourage the opposite and lays out the best strategies to develop stillness in your life. He also explains the destructive nature of being driven by ego, as well as the perils of jealousy and anger, and provides practical steps you can take to avoid those harmful states.
    We discuss:

    Has a more connected world improved or worsened our lives? [2:15];
    Consequences of an overly secure life, living in the present, & the misconception of unlimited time [5:45];
    Stoicism 101: The definition and origins of stoic philosophy [15:45];
    Ryan’s career transition into writing, and his take on what makes a book or business successful [26:45];
    Storytelling—The upside and downside of telling stories and self-narrative [36:15]; Does achieving success have to come from a place of craving and proving others wrong? And what are the costs of building a legacy? [38:45];
    Ego—confusing ego with confidence, signs your ego is showing, & antidotes to the negative effects of ego [52:45];
    Ryan’s advice to Peter about writing (and finishing) his book [1:06:30];
    Stillness—what it is, how it compares to meditation, & the obstacles to achieving stillness [1:10:30];
    Ryan’s morning routine, relationship with his smartphone, and how he avoids falling victim to the trappings of technology and a hyperconnected world [1:17:40];
    The perils of jealousy and envy [1:24:15];
    How to live in the moment in a modern world not designed for stillness [1:32:15];
    How the idea of “dying well” can help you live better [1:36:00];
    How has fatherhood impacted Ryan’s philosophies on stillness and living in the moment? [1:39:45];
    How to make your favorite day your every day [1:42:00];
    The most reliable strategies for developing stillness [1:47:30];
    Anger—what the stoics say about anger, outrage in politics, & why more anger isn’t the solution [2:02:00];
    How to follow Ryan’s work [2:12:00]; and
    More.
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    • 2 hrs 16 min
    Qualy #99 - The steroid controversy: Mark’s use of them and Peter’s perspective

    Qualy #99 - The steroid controversy: Mark’s use of them and Peter’s perspective

    Today's episode of The Qualys is from podcast #28 – Mark and Chris Bell: steroids, powerlifting, addiction, diet, training, helping others, documentaries, and living your best life.
     
    The Qualys is a subscriber-exclusive podcast, released Tuesday through Friday, and published exclusively on our private, subscriber-only podcast feed. Qualys is short-hand for “qualifying round,” which are typically the fastest laps driven in a race car—done before the race to determine starting position on the grid for race day. The Qualys are short (i.e., “fast”), typically less than ten minutes, and highlight the best questions, topics, and tactics discussed on The Drive.
    Occasionally, we will also release an episode on the main podcast feed for non-subscribers, which is what you are listening to now.
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    • 11 min
    #89 - AMA #11: All things fasting

    #89 - AMA #11: All things fasting

    In this “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) episode, Peter answers a wide range of fasting-specific questions from subscribers. Peter starts by defining the various fasting protocols, details his own personal fasting regimen, explains his revised plan for 2020, and provides a ton of value to anyone interested in fasting. Once again, Bob Kaplan, Peter's head of research, will be asking the questions. If you’re not a subscriber and listening on a podcast player, you’ll only be able to hear a preview of the AMA.

    If you’re a subscriber, you can now listen to this full episode on your private RSS feed or on our website at the AMA #11 show notes page.

    We discuss:

    Defining the various fasting protocols [1:00];
    Why Peter plans to switch to a 3-day fast once per month in 2020 [11:00];
    How Peter uses his CGM to gain insights into the depth of fast [13:15];
    Peter’s supplement protocol during fasting, and why he eats a ketogenic diet leading up to a prolonged fast [17:00];
    Peter’s exercise regimen during a fast [23:30];
    Peter’s hunger levels during a typical 7-day fast [26:45];
    Fasting observations—Core body temperature and thyroid hormone [30:30];
    Fasting observations—Glucose, BHB, and hunger levels [33:15];
    Peter’s sleep protocol during a fast [40:15];
    Does Peter observe any differences between men and women in their ability to fast? [47:00];
    How Peter prefers to break a long fast [50:15];
    Importance of community support while fasting, and is there a perfect fasting protocol? [52:00]; and
    More.
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    • 14 min
    Qualy #94 - Comparing the two broad types of meditation, and Peter’s favorite meditation apps

    Qualy #94 - Comparing the two broad types of meditation, and Peter’s favorite meditation apps

    Today's episode of The Qualys is from podcast #34 – Sam Harris, Ph.D.: The transformative power of mindfulness.
     
    The Qualys is a subscriber-exclusive podcast, released Tuesday through Friday, and published exclusively on our private, subscriber-only podcast feed. Qualys is short-hand for “qualifying round,” which are typically the fastest laps driven in a race car—done before the race to determine starting position on the grid for race day. The Qualys are short (i.e., “fast”), typically less than ten minutes, and highlight the best questions, topics, and tactics discussed on The Drive.
    Occasionally, we will also release an episode on the main podcast feed for non-subscribers, which is what you are listening to now.
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    • 7 min
    #88 - Paul Grewal, M.D.: Treating metabolic disease and strategies for long-term health

    #88 - Paul Grewal, M.D.: Treating metabolic disease and strategies for long-term health

    In this episode, Paul Grewal, internal medicine physician and co-author of Genius Foods, discusses what has got him so focused on lifestyle changes for metabolic health which was partly brought on by his own experience of losing almost 100 pounds at two points in his life. Paul and Peter discuss how the results from a NuSI-funded study has impacted their feelings about the supposed “metabolic advantage” of a low-carb diet. Paul then makes the case for what he calls the “active poisoning” of the American food supply, defines his five phenotypes of obesity manifestation, as well as lays out his nutritional and training approach with his patients (as well as himself personally). Overall, this discussion is a treasure trove of topics from endocrinology, insulin resistance, caloric restriction, fasting, exercise, causes of obesity, LDL and heart disease, and much more.

    We discuss:

    Paul’s health story—two instances of major weight loss [3:15];
    The multiplication of adipocytes after weight loss, and why an obese adult that was overweight in childhood is harder to treat than adult-onset obesity [7:30];
    Low-carb diets—Is there a metabolic advantage in energy expenditure? (And Peter’s take on the NUSI study) [12:45]; The relationship between hyperinsulinemia and hyperglycemia—which is causing which? [27:00];
    Weight gain—Which macronutrients are driving it, processed foods, and overfeeding studies [31:15];
    The active poisoning of our food supply with processed foods [36:15];
    The role of fructose in metabolic disease and NAFLD [39:00];
    Where traditional medicine falls short in the real world and why “functional medicine” is gaining steam [45:45];
    Relationship between heart disease and LDL, residual risk, LDL clearance problem, and a patient case study [54:00];
    Relationship between heart disease and fatty acids (SFA, PUFA, seed oils, etc.) [1:04:30];
    Paul’s nutritional approach with patients [1:12:30];
    High-carb/low-fat diet for muscle gain, and the “reverse diet” to combat the slowdown of metabolism after caloric restriction/weight loss [1:15:00];
    Fasting—ideal duration, how to preserve muscle mass, and the ultimate tool of medicine [1:23:30];
    The 5 phenotypes of obesity, and the impact of carbs, cortisol, and sleep on adiposity [1:28:30];
    Uric acid [1:38:15];
    Paul’s 2nd big physical transformation—How he did it and kept the weight off [1:39:15];
    Paul and Peter’s personal struggles with food, internal dialogue, and self-image [1:45:00];
    Paul’s personal nutritional strategy (and how his exercise influences it) [1:52:00];
    A low-fat diet Peter is willing to try [2:00:40]; The keto diet for competitive athletes [2:05:00];
    How Peter prescribes exercise to his patients [2:08:30];
    Calculating glycogen depletion and RQ, creatinine-kinase system, Tabata workouts, and more [2:10:30]; and
    More. Learn more: https://peterattiamd.com/

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    • 2 hrs 19 min
    Qualy #89 - Cortisol and healthy aging

    Qualy #89 - Cortisol and healthy aging

    Today's episode of The Qualys is from podcast #31 – Navdeep Chandel, Ph.D.: metabolism, mitochondria, and metformin in health and disease.
     
    The Qualys is a subscriber-exclusive podcast, released Tuesday through Friday, and published exclusively on our private, subscriber-only podcast feed. Qualys is short-hand for “qualifying round,” which are typically the fastest laps driven in a race car—done before the race to determine starting position on the grid for race day. The Qualys are short (i.e., “fast”), typically less than ten minutes, and highlight the best questions, topics, and tactics discussed on The Drive.
    Occasionally, we will also release an episode on the main podcast feed for non-subscribers, which is what you are listening to now.
    Learn more: https://peterattiamd.com/podcast/qualys/  
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    • 9 min

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